It may sound crazy, but if you want great skin, wearing sunscreen every single season is important!! Why? Just because you can’t feel the effects of the sun on your skin like you can in the summer, your skin is still be affected during the winter months. Here are the top reasons why you should be sure to wear sunscreen this winter:
UVA Rays (the ones responsible for dark spots, wrinkles, and skin cancer) can still get to your skin through glass. Even if you spend most of your time indoors during the winter, UVA rays still have the capability of damaging your skin. While UVB rays are blocked by trees, buildings, and glass – the UVA rays can go right through windows in your house or at work.
Snow reflects UVA rays. Even on the coldest, snowiest day – you’re still at risk for skin damage. When you’re playing in the show, having snowball fights, or building snowmen, the snow is reflecting 80% of UVA rays back at you! (Sand only reflects 25%)
The ozone is the thinnest in the winter months. During the summer months, the ozone layer acts as a form of sunscreen for the Earth. It works to filter out and protect us from UV rays. Ozone levels are typically the lowest between December and March – so even though the sun doesn’t seem as threatening during these months, you have less natural protection – which is why sunscreen is just as important during these months as it is during the hottest time of year.
Higher elevation = more UV exposure. Hiking the snowy mountains is a popular winter activity, but the higher up you go, the more you skin is being exposed to dangerous rays. UV exposure increases by 4% every 1,000ft increase in elevation. So, hiking in the mountains can actually end up doing more damage to your skin than a day at the pool if you aren’t careful!
The sun is still damaging even if it can’t be seen. Even if the sun is nowhere in sight, 80% of it’s rays can penetrate the clouds and reach your skin. Just because it’s a cloudy day, doesn’t mean you’re protected.
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